Edgar Matobato surrenders to PNP

Senate witness Edgar Matobato/ Photo from Senate's Facebook Page
  • Edgar Matobato is now in the custody of the Philippine National Police
  • He was accompanied by Senator Antonio Trillanes in surrendering to the police
  • Matobato is facing charges in a Davao City court for illegal possession of firearms

Key Senate witness Edgar Matobato has surrendered before the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday, October 7.

Matobato, accompanied by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, submitted himself before the police after a court in Davao City issued a warrant of arrest against him.

The warrant was prompted when Matobato failed to attend his arraignment last Tuesday, which was on the same day he was at the Senate for an investigation on extrajudicial killings under Duterte.

Rappler said in an article that Matobato is now in the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection (CIDG) unit of the National Capital Region (NCR) and will likely be there for the weekend until the police transfers him to Davao City.

Trillanes, who is protecting the self-confessed Davao Death Squad member, said that Matobato had no intentions of skipping the arraignment. He, however, said that the schedule of the hearing was suspicious.

“Hindi rin alam ni Mr.Matobato so kaya nga highly suspicious tapos imposible siyang maka-attend doon kasi nga may hearing nung Monday na inabot ng alas onse ng gabi tapos may schedule kami ng hearing dapat alas-9 nang umaga sa Senate din,” PhilStar quoted the senator, who is the vice chairperson of the Senate committee on justice.

[It is highly suspicious because Mr. Matobato does not know of the said hearing and it is impossible to attend that because there was a Senate hearing last Monday that ended at 11:00 in the evening. And then we had another scheduled hearing in the Senate at 9:00 am.]

He also said that surrendering to the police is a proof that he is not running away from his case.

Matobato is facing charges for illegal possession of firearms in 2014.